Wight Woodturners

Club Meeting - Thursday 28th May 2015

Competition and Auction Evening

There were a number of highlights at the Wight Woodturners meeting this month.  Firstly our recently purchased “second lathe” was on show and indeed was used for an impromptu demo by Len.  The lathe came with good range of accessories, including a bench grinder and a number of turning tools.  Some of these needed a little maintenance and members soon pitched in offering to clean and sharpen them.  The lathe also came with a pile of good quality turning blanks and wood which the committee will decide how best to use for the benefit of members.

As well as the usual Show-and-Tell there was an Auction of part finished work by visiting professionals. Ron was our Auctioneer extraordinaire and he helped raise some useful cash for club funds from members who bid for some unique “collectables”.

The Competition for a “Turned and Carved” item was not an easy challenge for many.  However, the fifteen entries were of a really high standard and again demonstrate the varied talent within the Club.  There is more about the Competition below.

A few pictures below capture the evening events.

Just click on any of the small images to bring up the bigger picture.

Mike opens the meeting with various items of Club news including our June Family Barbeque – not to be missed! In the foreground is the Club’s latest acquisition; a sturdy short-bed lathe with swivelling headstock.

This lathe came as a “job lot” with centres, a chuck & several jaw sets, a collection of turning tools, a bench grinder and a pile of wood! Thanks to Mike who spent several days checking and sprucing up the lathe. And thanks to members who offered to take tools and clean and sharpen them.

There’s always a Show-and-Tell. Here Len shows off his jig for holding his bottle stoppers so that the decorative top could be turned. A clever hinged jig allows the lipped spigot to be securely gripped while the top is turned. Len demonstrated the jig in action later in the evening.


Bernie now shows off one-time professional turner Ted’s small chair made for his granddaughter a few years ago. How many people can make a complete chair these days? Did anyone see the short film on the box recently on making an Oxford Chair? (DVD in the Library)

Here’s another of Ted’s pieces; an interesting and colourful laminated goblet. Was this sort of work called Polychromatic Turning? The work of Gordon Stokes and Jack Cox spring to mind.

Now this is Bernie’s own large winged bowl.

Len’s getting ready to demonstrate his bottle stopper jig but first the club’s new spindle gouge need a good sharpen. We have all the kit now !

Here’s the jig mounted in the chuck ready for action. The hinged section is kept firmly closed with a Jubilee clip. But do watch your knuckles!!

Now the shaping of the bottle stopper top begins in earnest. The new lathe runs very quietly!

This evening we also had an Auction of part finished pieces by our past professional demonstrators. Going for a song was work by Mark Baker, Stuart Mortimer, Mark Sanger and Garry Renouf.

Our Chief Auctioneer was Ron who was able to squeeze out of our reticent members some useful contributions to Club Funds. Unfortunately, your intrepid reporter was so engrossed with the Auction that the photos were quite forgotten! Sorry Ron.

One of the highlights of the evening was the Competition for Turned and Carved piece. Maybe this is not everyone’s “cup-of-tea” but it did attract a respectable 15 interesting entries across the classes. Here Mike is discussing some of the work with their creators.


The Competition Entries


This picture shows ALL the entries to our Competition. It fascinating to see how “Carving”, can be interpreted in so many different ways.  Here we have examples full 3D freehand carving, high and low relief carving, piercing and a couple of examples of machine carving with a router all applied to a turned form from the lathe.  These demonstrate the wide range of skills within the Club.  It is interesting to see how colour is also being introduced into the work to give it an element which can set it apart.  After all, in time, when the freshly turned colour of the wood fades, the grain patterns loose there distinctiveness and the finish dulls, could it be the added colour which keeps the piece alive?  For some pieces a perfect form alone will guarantee it’s immortality but not all of us create the “perfect form” every time.  Perhaps here lies the difference between wood and ceramics? Comments?

The prize winners in each section can be seen by following the link here


For those who liked Len’s bottle stoppers here are a few links below for the hardware.

            As Len’s – inserts on a wooden stopper - here and here and here

            O even cork - here

                    A turned top - here

Please note that the above links to external websites are valid at the time of writing but may well change or disappear in the course of time


Thanks to all our members who contributed in any way and made our evening a success.


Peter Smart

2nd June 2015

Don’t forget!

Next Evening Meeting Thursday 25th June

Family Barbeque

Display of Members work